As reported in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Sound Transit received complaints about their regional transportation survey, also criticized by some Crosscut readers. The agency has since revised the survey. You can now skip over questions. There are blank fields allowing you to give discursive answers — that's teacher-talk for answers that aren't driven by pre-set choices, which some of you complained weren't all that multiple.
However, Sound Transit spokesperson Bruce Gray also defends the survey in its original state:
Gray said the survey is 'not a research instrument' but a public-involvement tool whose purpose is 'not to measure public opinion in a scientific way, but rather to provide people with an easy, convenient way to get involved and tell our board... what they think about transit.' Public meetings also will be scheduled, he said; the results will be made public this month.
We'd like to know if those of you who found fault with the survey framework think the new incarnation answers your concerns.
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